India

Theresa May’s passage to India

7 November 2016 14:45

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

Sajid Javid is grabbing the Brexit bull by the horns

8 July 2016 17:09

While frustrated Remain campaigners continue to speak of economic Armageddon, a very significant move happened yesterday. Business secretary Sajid Javid…

Spectator books of the year: Mark Amory finds Anne Tyler’s latest ‘pure pleasure’

4 December 2015 15:00

Since retiring from coping with new books I have found it a pleasure not to have to glance at any…

Can the Tories win back the Indian vote from Labour?

14 November 2015 14:24

Nearly 50 years ago, soon after I first came to this country, my landlady, upset I was reading the Guardian…

Open letter to Narendra Modi: ask David Cameron to safeguard freedom of expression in Britain

12 November 2015 14:37

Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Re: Urging Action by Indian government to Safeguard Freedom of Expression in Great Britain As a…

Sorry, Shashi Tharoor, but Britain doesn’t owe India any reparations

5 August 2015 15:49

As one of a parade of speakers debating the British empire at the Oxford Union, Shashi Tharoor cannot have expected…

Is gay marriage just a fad?

30 May 2015 10:00

Now that Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, it will be widely believed that this trend is unstoppable and…

The Delhi rapist’s views must be broadcast, for the sake of India’s daughters and sons

4 March 2015 18:13

British film-maker Leslee Udwin’s video interview with one of the Delhi rapists may not make for comforting viewing, but there…

Jeffrey Archer: Bollywood plagiarised my books

4 March 2015 15:56

Jeffrey Archer is none too impressed with the Bollywood film industry. In an interview with India’s DNA Newspaper, he said that…

There’s one obvious question about immigration, but nobody is asking it

6 November 2014 14:19

If you were to close your eyes at any debate on immigration, you might reasonably picture the participants standing back-to-back,…

The Spectator at war: Keeping the Holy Places holy

5 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: We are glad to note that the Indian Government has issued a reassuring proclamation…

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

Why Bombay airport is the greatest 21st century building – and what we can learn from it

7 October 2014 11:10

‘If I had to say which was telling the truth about society, a speech by a minister of housing or…

My verdict on Newsnight’s new face? Pretty — and awful

17 May 2014 11:12

I hope you enjoyed the new post-Paxman Newsnight last night, if you still watch the programme. It was bad on…

New play forgets that rape is not just an Indian problem

9 March 2014 12:26

A play about the 2012 Delhi rape was never going to be easy viewing and unsurprisingly Yael Farber’s Nirbhaya is…

India holds the cricket world to ransom; England and Australia agree to pay

27 January 2014 12:56

Almost no idea is rotten enough that it can’t or won’t be defended by some scoundrel somewhere. Even so, the…

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the…

Sachin Tendulkar is among the very greatest sportsmen, but heroes are made to be surpassed

16 November 2013 8:46

It was the sort of summer’s day that makes you glad to be alive; but we were watching the telly.…

Prince Charles lights up India

14 November 2013 12:36

It could have all gone very, very wrong for Prince Charles on the day he reached retirement age. The Prince of…

Farewell to the Little Master: we will not see the likes of Sachin Tendulkar again.

13 November 2013 16:34

As you know, only seven batsmen have scored more than 50,000 first-class runs. Hobbs, Woolley, Hendren, Mead, Grace, Sutcliffe and…

Brave, non-denominational freedom fighters

4 November 2013 8:41

Those of you who wonder why the BBC is so politically correct, so craven in its expressions regarding, for example,…

Interview with a writer: Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Booker longlisted The Lowland

9 September 2013 9:30

The Lowland is the magnificent new novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, which has been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize.…

Amartya Sen interview: India must fulfil Tagore’s vision, not Gandhi’s

20 August 2013 11:19

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Sen’s previous books…

Two riveting journeys to the heart of India and Pakistan

24 July 2013 9:42

50 summers have passed since C.L.R. James asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ James’s belief,…

Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field: Is this the worst Australian cricket team ever?

4 March 2013 13:26

Stuart Law. Darren Lehmann. Jamie Cox. Phil Jaques. Brad Hodge. Michael di Venuto. Chris Rogers. Martin Love. Tom Moody. Nine…